The permanent NEREUS Secretariat is responsible for the daily management of the association, the coordination of the network and the political interest representation towards the European institutions.
The Secretariat is composed by:
Since 2009 Secretary-General of NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) Roya heads its Brussels/Belgium based secretariat and is the main interface of the association at European level. Roya’s core responsibilities comprise advocacy towards the European institutions and the European Space Agency, positioning the network with respect to space policy developments, international networking, and collaborations as well as the overall coordination of the network activities such as EC/ESA-funded projects and key political events. In this context, she volunteered as a former member of the Horizon2020-Advisory Group and supported project activities of NEREUS’ members as a member of different advisory councils of EU-funded projects (e.g. currently CoRdiNet; formerly EMMIA-Advisory Council; DORIS_NET Advisory Council).
Being trained as a German lawyer, Roya held for more than 20 years of positions in European Affairs and has work experience in public administration and associations of civil society represented in Brussels. During her 8 year experience with the Association of German Engineers (VDI) Roya gained an insight into European Research&Innovation Policy and Programs and familiarized with key technologies relevant for the space sector.
NEREUS made Roya a space enthusiast and she joined Women in Aerospace (WIA) to share the fascination with other women and win new-comers for the sector.
Phone: 0032(0)2 734 76 49
Margarita is strongly passionate about space and communications and she successfully contributed to several project management programmes at the European Parliament as well as in the overall EU sphere.
Her work experience and in-depth knowledge of politics, communication and space studies, which are underpinned by her Masters’ degrees, clearly emerged in her publication entitled ‘The Sustainable Commercialisation of Space: The Case for a Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Space Industry’ in the world’s leading academic journal, Space Policy (link). In 2023, she was appointed as a mentor of Space4Women, an initiative of UNOOSA.
Phone: 0032(0)2 230 57 75
Emmanuelle, a proficient Administrative and Financial Assistant, plays a vital role in bolstering the management of the NEREUS network and facilitating smooth operations at the NEREUS secretariat. With academic credentials spanning Modern Languages and Business Management from esteemed institutions in France, Britain, and Belgium’s ICHEC, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. Emmanuelle’s professional journey has seen her thrive in diverse international settings, where her multicultural acumen shines. Her commitment extends to leveraging space technologies for the collective good, underscoring her invaluable contribution to the space sector.
Phone: 0032(0)2 230 57 75